As someone who has lived in Boulder for the better part of the last decade, I’d like to think I have a pretty clear understanding of what it means to live inside The Bubble. What I mean to say is, I think I understand what kinds of people exist here, and how we are all strange and different from the people in other Colorado cities. Here’s a big one: when we say we like shopping local, we absolutely mean it. As a matter of fact, every year, Boulderites are up in arms around our local farmer’s market, because we allow some farmers from outside Boulder are given stands to sell their veggies (even though certain Weld, Larimer, Mesa, and Delta County growers have been grandfathered in to have permanent places at the market, and other growers outside of Boulder County can apply on a year-to-year basis). Corn from Weld County? Gasp! I mean, that might be a little bit of an extreme example of how Boulder denizens appreciate home-grown business, but the sentiment rings true: we love locally sourced, organic, and responsible. I think that’s why Root Organic MMC, a medical dispensary in Boulder, Colorado, is so incredibly popular. It’s a Boulder company that looks to support other Boulder companies. Local supporting local.
If you find yourself by the Wendy’s in that horrifying parking lot off of east Arapahoe, you haven’t gone east enough. Root Organic is actually tucked away in its own little strip, which it shares with another dispensary. It wasn’t quite showing up correctly on my map, so you might want to just keep your eyes peeled for its distinctive green and white sign. The good news is, it doesn’t share that horrible aforementioned parking lot, and parking is plentiful and lovely in front of Root. The waiting room is small, ornate, and sunny. The lime green couch that is provided for you to hang out on compliments the large pictures of marijuana that adorn the walls, as well as the desk where Randall, one of the dispensary’s managers, took my information. After a quick wait, Randall brought me back into the product room, which is essentially divided in two. On your left are all of the cannabis goodies, and on the right, all of the devices to smoke or vaporize said cannabis goodies. On the wall, the distinctive and unique “Rooticorn” greets visitors, its rainbow mane and tail blowing in the ganja-scented wind.
Root Organic is the sister store to The Farm, a recreational dispensary in north Boulder, so you’ll find a lot of similar products available. However, Root’s stash is certainly more geared towards the medicinal properties of cannabis. “I really try to figure out what someone is going to be using our products for,” Randall explained to me. “I think it’s important for people to understand the differences between, say, Diesels and Hazes, and how they’ll hit you differently.” While the former might be very good for someone needing an energy kick, the latter is definitely better for focus, creativity, and euphoria. It’s an interesting idea, and a level of expertise that is certainly lacking at many other dispensaries across the state. Sure, it’s not uncommon to find a bud tender who can spout off the medicinal benefits of sativas or indicas in general, but to get down to the specific genetics? Money. During my visit, Root Organic had fifteen different strains available, with a multitude of different genetics present. Unlike many medical stores, Root Organic also had their test results available for you to peruse, most likely because they use the same strains in their recreational store, which is required to test their plants’ potency. Randall dropped a few jars in front of me to look at and smell, to get an idea of the kinds of flowers they had available. On the sativa side, I could not believe the smell and look of the Tangerine Haze. It’s one of my favorite strains to begin with, but this stuff smelled just like a glass of fresh OJ (and not the former running back whose gloves don’t fit). On the indica side, I was introduced to the Hells OG, a strong ocean-grown strain that will turn your ass to jelly. With a soft floral and earthy scent, I can understand why he would show me that one. Finally, the Gumbi. This mild indica actually tested at a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC. I always get stoked when I see a medical dispensary carrying CBD smoke, not to mention a strain that has just as much CBD as it does THC.